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Selby’s eligibility in question; freshman’s mom: ‘ … I don’t foresee any problems at all’

Self releases statement Thursday evening

Kansas recruit Josh Selby warms up prior to the start of the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Madison Square Garden.

Kansas recruit Josh Selby warms up prior to the start of the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Madison Square Garden.

August 5, 2010, 4:00 p.m. Updated August 6, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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The mother of incoming Kansas University freshman Josh Selby is not alarmed that the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010 has yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play college basketball because of questions about her son’s amateur status.

Selby not yet cleared by NCAA

KU's top new recruit Josh Selby has not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA. Selby's mother said she is confident no problems will arise from the NCAA's actions. Enlarge video

“I personally don’t see any problems with the NCAA,” Maeshon Witherspoon, said Thursday in a phone interview with the Journal-World.

“Josh has not yet been cleared. I’m sure there are other kids (that) have not been cleared as standard procedure. I don’t anticipate us having any problems whatsoever with the NCAA. I can’t control what people say. I can’t control hearsay. My statement is I don’t foresee any problems at all.”

She responded to a CBSsports.com story that indicated the NCAA “is looking into, among other things, a relationship between Selby and Robert Frazier, the business manager for NBA star Carmelo Anthony.”

Witherspoon told the Journal-World she’s already spoken to NCAA officials and other media outlets about the family’s friendship with Frazier, who said in an April interview with the New York Times he served as an adviser to Selby in the recruiting process.

“With all due respect, I’m not talking about him (Frazier) because there’s nothing to talk about,” Witherspoon told the J-W. “I just don’t see any problems with my son.”

CBSsports.com sources said the NCAA has spent months looking into Selby’s relationship with Frazier to see whether Selby’s “amateur status has been compromised.” Reports of the NCAA’s interest in the matter did not come as a surprise to KU coach Bill Self, who issued a statement late Thursday afternoon.

“I will say, as we have experienced in the past in our program, it is not at all unusual for the NCAA to look into many of the country’s top-rated recruits each year for any number of reasons,” Self said.

It’s not known how long it’ll take the NCAA to clear Selby or indicate any possibly wrongdoing.

“I think we all hope it gets resolved soon,” Witherspoon told the J-W. “We’d like it to get resolved quickly like anybody would so Josh will be able to play.”

The New York Times wrote a long piece about Selby and Frazier in April.

The paper reported that when a host of prospective agents were trying to talk to Selby’s mom, friends recommended Witherspoon speak with Frazier, business manager for Anthony, who like Selby, is from Baltimore.

Witherspoon, the Times wrote, “said she soon recognized Frazier from her elementary school, and now talks regularly with him.”

“Bay’s been a lifesaver; so glad we reconnected,” Witherspoon told the Times. “He’s behind the scenes providing a place for us to meet with coaches and giving so much information. He doesn’t need us. To be honest, we need him.”

Frazier, whose nickname is “Bay,” said there’s been no wrongdoing.

“It’s a new hustle in Baltimore. People think they can take a kid out for a meal or buy him something, but that’s not what I am about. I’ve had relationships with Carmelo and Josh since they’ve been young,” Frazier told the Times.

NCAA rules permit contact between a student-athlete and an agent — as long as the athlete does not agree to be represented by the agent. Selby would be ruled ineligible to play college basketball if he’d entered into a verbal or written agreement to be represented by Frazier.

If Selby accepted improper benefits from Frazier, who according to the Times was in Lawrence for last year’s KU-Missouri game, he’d have to pay back the benefits and likely face a suspension of a couple games, much like the case of Kentucky’s John Wall, who was suspended two games last season.

According to the Times, Selby last year at times had been allowed to drive the Mercedes-Benz of Scottie Bowden, his former principal at Golden Ring Middle School and coach with Selby’s Baltimore Select team.

“He told me he’s going to get me a Benz when he makes the NBA,” Bowden told the Times. “I told him that’s not what this is about. I’m not in this for gain. I’m in it to see him succeed.”

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said department policy is to “not comment at all on prospects or recruits before they come to campus (in fall).”

Selby is in Chicago with the adidas nations camp, working as a counselor. NCAA officials do not comment on eligibility matters. Self acknowledged in his statement, “I have received several calls about the article. As has been mentioned previously, we do not comment on recruits (eligibility matters) until they arrive on campus for the fall semester.”

Several top athletes have been under scrutiny recently. Selby’s cousin, Memphis frosh Will Barton, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday because of issues about his academic background, sources told CBSsports.com.

Enes Kanter, a freshman at Kentucky, is having past involvement with a professional team in his native Turkey scrutinized, CBS says.

Comments

puddleglum 5 years ago

thanks bro, I knew I could count on you, as usual

DRsmith 5 years ago

Oh oh, did I hear a toilet flush? I think that was KU's season .

papajoshy 5 years ago

hahaha! good one! man, we've never heard that before...

I love all the attention you guys give us...maybe you should be more worried about how your team fairs rather than...wait. wait...now I get it...You can't expect much from your team, so you have to ride our coats tails to make yourself feel better..making fun of KU is the closest you will come to a championship...

lemme guess...KSU or MU?

fabian_zimbabwe 5 years ago

DRsmith is a Kentucky troll...spends a great deal of time on this board bashing the Jayhawks. Clearly, he has no life.

Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years ago

The fact that you think Mizzou pretends Illinois is their rival shows you have no clue as to what you are talking about. Yes, they love their annual contests with the Illini, but make no mistake about it Mizzou HATES Kansas and the feeling us mutual.

blindrabbit 5 years ago

Used to be a KU BB fan; (back to the Hoch days) but the foolishness of college basketball recruiting and the one and done aspect have ruined it for me.

heybluekc 5 years ago

This is why there should be no requirements to go to college. You dont have to go to college to become a professional baseball player, or hockey. Selby is another one and done for us, just like Xavier Henry was. The more we play around with this style of player the more it will happen. This will all blow over in a day or two and he will be cleared.

Brian Conrad 5 years ago

Idiot comments... there IS NO PROBLEM HERE . have you every talked to crosswalk guard .. oh my guess you intend to bribe a judge... what? excellent college players talk to who they hang with. John Wall was cleared after being called numerous times by other UK players AND LeBron and he owns agent company.. they ARE and should be able to get some advise... would be very stupid to know you were coming into millions in next few years and never talk about it??? big difference in "taking money" and advice!!!

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Actually, coonrod's response, while the most poorly written, is the most informed comment here.

blindrabbit 5 years ago

I agree with cooonrods comments. My beef is that KU chases around this type of player!

Leprechaunking13 5 years ago

Every college chases "that" kind of player because for the most part the one and dones have proven worth it! We lost a championship and had to steal one from the teeth of another in the last 10 years and that's just KU! Do you realize how many one and done players KU has landed? One, which was X just last year, B-Rush was supposed to be 1 year and we got 3 years and a championship from him. You never know what's going to happen once they get to campus, but Blake Griffen Michael Beasley Derrick Rose John Wall Carmelo Anthony.... All needed to be recruited, ALL ONE AND DONES!

TopJayhawk 5 years ago

I believe Blake was a two and done, but point well taken. Blindrabbit. Glad you are staying home. More tickets for me.

Bobo Fleming 5 years ago

So over this. KU will be good with or without.

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